The role of the nurse in supporting patients with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic
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The role of the nurse in supporting patients with asthma during the COVID-19 pandemic

Deborah Louise Duncan @dduncan42 Lecturer, Education (nursing), Medical Biology Centre, Nursing and Midwifery, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland

SARS-CoV-2 is a novel coronavirus that causes the disease COVID-19. It is a highly contagious virus that has led to a pandemic. There are several known risk factors for COVID-19, including age, gender, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and smoking. Asthma has only been a risk factor in a small number of cases.

Despite the lack of information about asthma and the risk of contracting COVID-19, especially in children, it is a condition we need to take seriously. An important aspect of the role of the nurse in supporting patients with asthma in primary care is dispelling myths concerning COVID-19 and their condition by using telehealth and other forms of remote working.

There is confusing data about patients with COVID-19 using steroids; there are even suggestions that patients with asthma should stop using their prescribed steroids. Recent national and worldwide recommendations state that patients with asthma should keep using their prescribed medications. It is therefore important that nurses supporting patients are aware of local and national guidelines and any new recommendations.

Primary Health Care. 30, 4, 23-27. doi: 10.7748/phc.2020.e1679


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